Sexual Health – barrier methods for safer sex

April is STD Awareness Month and with the arrival of spring comes a wave of love in the air, spring breaks galore, and sex. So, we at ro want to provide you readers with the basics of safer sex by showing you the different forms of barrier methods that will help you to prevent STDs, STIs and unwanted pregnancies.

Get educated and check out all of the various barrier methods below. –nicholas robinson

Male Condoms

Male condoms

Male condoms are the most common of the barrier methods and are typically made of latex.  For those with an allergy to latex, condoms come in polyurethane as well. When used properly, male condoms are 98 percent effective in preventing STDs, STIs and unwanted pregnancy. Despite concerns about the size issue, condoms are quite durable when used correctly. But if you’re in need of a larger or snugger size, brands like Trojan, Durex, LifeStyle, Kimono and Beyond Seven all sell condoms that very in size, fit and shape. And always remember to never use two condoms at once – the friction will tear them — and to use water-based or silicone-based lubricants with latex condoms, never oil-based lubes – again, tearing issues.

Female Condom

Female condoms

Female condoms are lesser known than male condoms, but they are 95 percent effective when used properly. The female condom is an internal condom made of polyurethane and is held in place inside the vagina by two flexible rings, one at the base and one inside the tip of the condom. Female condoms can be inserted hours before sex, which will insure that the vagina has had time to adjust to the feel of it. Men can also use the female condom for vaginal or anal sex if the inner ring is removed. Never use a female condom with another condom of any kind, as it can cause the condoms to tear. Because it’s made of polyurethane, female condoms can also be used with all three types of lubricant.

Dental Dams

Dental dams

Dental dams are a thin sheet of latex used for oral-vaginal sex (cunnilingus) or oral-anal sex (rimming). They come in various colors and flavors. They also come in silicone form for those who are allergic to latex. You can also use flavored, non-oil-based lubricants, to make the experience more, ahem, “tasty.”

Finger Cots

Finger cots

Finger cots are a thin sheet of latex worn over the finger during hand-vaginal or hand-anal penetration, better known as “fingering.” Like with a condom, finger cots can be used with water or silicone-based lubricants. Also, if you don’t have a finger cot around, you can use a latex glove instead.

Lubricants

Lubricants

OK, so lubricants aren’t really barrier methods, but they can be quite important in properly using other barrier methods. Lubricants reduce friction, which reduces the risk of the condom breaking and the risk of skin tearing, and they can make sex more pleasurable. Remember, there are several brands and styles of lubricants, so experiment and find the on that works best for you and your partner(s).

Source: rollingout.com

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